Longwood Gardens, located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, covers 1077 acres. The gardens are open every day, though prices and hours vary according to the season. Flowers and displays are changed from season to season, so any time is a good time to visit. Check the website for special events. Timed admission tickets are required, so purchasing tickets ahead of time is advisable.
Flowers and more flowers
Mysticon 2014 was held from Friday, February 21 through Sunday, February 23.
An extra special event, the wedding of Charles and Emily, took place at the end of Opening Ceremonies. I really enjoyed being one of the wedding guests, and I wish the newlyweds all the best.
I was in awe of the impressive dragon cake in the Hospitality Suite, which measured four feet by two feet and weighed 130 pounds. It must’ve taken hours and hours to make.
A number of attendees wore colorful, elaborate costumes.
Two of the guests not only write fiction but also write songs, play guitar, and sing — very talented folk.
The convention hosted several live podcasts and showed a series of Indie films.
Guest panelists discussed a variety of topics related to science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, paranormal, art, and media; all the panels I attended were informal and friendly, informative, and often enlivened with humor.
I enjoyed the author readings, or Koffee Klatches. The audiences were small, which was a shame, for the authors were excellent readers and the selections from their stories left us wanting more. On the other hand, if a lot of people attended, the atmosphere would no longer be such fun and cozy events.
The convention was sold out before it started this year, and attendees filled three hotels.
One event I didn’t get to participate in was an evening trip to see the famous, lighted Roanoke star that overlooks the city from a mountaintop. The weather, unlike usual February weather, was warm and perfect for the outing.
The convention staff and hotel staff at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood were friendly and eager to help anyone who had a question or problem.
Music, dance, costumes, gaming, wrestling, self-defense, art instruction, magic — a science fiction convention has a lot to offer anyone who attends. Maybe next year I’ll see you at Mysticon. If you see me, please say “hello.”
For more information and photos check out my Author Chronicles post Mysticon 2014.
Dawn on the beach at Long Beach Island is beautiful, especially when clouds change its aspect over the minutes when the sun is rising. Imagine the sound of surf and seagulls and enjoy!